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Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume
Lincoln, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Franconia Ridge Trail near Mt. Liberty
Looking up the Franconia Ridge Trail near Mt. Liberty

Route: Bike path, bushwhack, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Liberty), Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Flume) Franconia Ridge Trail, (Mt. Liberty), Franconia Ridge Trail, Liberty Spring Trail, bushwhack, bike path

Despite a cold, windy start, it looked to be a nice day to be on the Franconia Ridge. Walking down the bike path, we followed an old trail up to the Liberty Spring Trail - very little snow to be found until reaching the water crossings. Shortly after the upper crossing, I donned my snowshoes.

Reaching the alpine zone, the winds weren't too harsh - the skies were mostly clear and the ambient temperatures nice.

The next stop was Mt. Flume. The Franconia Ridge Trail was in good shape between the peaks. By the time we reached Mt. Flume, the winds had pretty much ceased, resulting in a nice extended spring stay.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Mt. Liberty
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Mt. Flume
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, March 27, 2010
Hike Commenced: 8:03 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,520'
Destination: Mt. Liberty
Ascent Commenced: 8:11 AM
Summit Reached: 10:37 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:26
Trailhead Elevation: 1,470'
Summit Elevation: 4,459'
Vertical Gain: 3,049'
Destination: Mt. Flume
Ascent Commenced: 10:44 AM
Summit Reached: 11:32 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:48
Trailhead Elevation: 4,459'
Summit Elevation: 4,328'
Vertical Gain: 438'
Hike Ended: 4:15 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 08:12
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,206'


The start of the bushwhack to the Liberty Spring Trail from the bike path
The start of the bushwhack to the Liberty Spring Trail from the bike path

Looking north from Mt. Liberty - Click to enlarge
Looking north from Mt. Liberty

The Franconia Ridge Trail between Mt. Flume and Mt. Liberty
The Franconia Ridge Trail between Mt. Flume and Mt. Liberty

Looking northeast from Mt. Flume - Click to enlarge
Looking northeast from Mt. Flume




Directions to trailhead: Take Interstate 93 north from Lincoln to the Basin. Walk south down the bike path - just prior to reaching a grassy, old road on the right (where the bike path gets close to the highway), start the bushwhack on the left. After crossing a brook, an old logging road can be found a bit to the left, eventually meeting up with the hairpin turn in the Liberty Spring Trail

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